Mayor Baraka, Newark Archbishop Among Those Condemning Antisemitism

Signatories include Governor Phil Murphy, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the entire New Jersey Congressional delegation, New Jersey NAACP President Richard Smith and Elder David L. Buckner of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, said it was crucial for all people of goodwill to join in eradicating "hatred from their hearts, homes, places of worship, and public discourse."

"We must work together as partners to combat this troubling trend, which puts the Jewish people at risk while threatening the freedom and humanity of all,” the cardinal said.

The NAACP's Smith said his organization was "proud to stand with our Jewish allies, brothers, and sisters against hatred of all kinds."

"No one deserves to be afraid, threatened, or harassed in their home, workplace, or going about their lives," Smith said. "Bigotry of any kind has no place in New Jersey."

The Jewish Federations of New Jersey consists of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, and Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, ADL NY/NJ, and AJC New Jersey.

“We jointly express our gratitude to the elected officials, faith leaders, and community partners who have joined us in recognizing that antisemitism, like any other form of hate,  must be condemned without any caveats or qualifiers," according to a joint statement issued by Dov Ben Shimon, CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest; Susan Antman, the executive director of the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey; Jason Shames, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey; Robin Wishnie the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties; and Jennifer Dubrow Weiss, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.

"We are deeply grateful that so many of New Jersey's faith leaders, elected officials, and communal partners have unequivocally rejected antisemitism," said Scott Richman, the regional director of ADL NY/NJ. "They recognize that hate against one is hate against all and that we must stand united to combat it."

“We are deeply grateful for these allies among our Interfaith and Government leaders who join with us in recognizing that antisemitism is not just a Jewish problem. They understand that the targeting of Jews is not only an assault on the Jewish community but is an assault on the very ideals of pluralism and religious freedom at the heart of our American and Faith Community values,” said Rabbi David C. Levy, the director of AJC New Jersey.

To see the complete list of signers of the New Jersey Against Anti-Semitism statement, visit www.njagainstantisemitism.org.

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